NEXT MOVES at Jennifer Baahng, NYC

NEXT MOVES at Jennifer Baahng, NYC
NEXT MOVES, September 15 through October 22, 2022
Opening reception: Thursday, September 15th, from 6–8PM

Press release:

"JENNIFER BAAHNG GALLERY is pleased to present NEXT MOVES, the gallery’s inaugural solo exhibition of Sharon Butler’s work, and to announce its representation of the artist. The exhibition showcases a group of recent multi-panel paintings and selected mixed-media drawings. As conferred, these works articulate the pulse and the trajectory of Butler’s work, transposing graphic differences and traversing dimensions with elegance and wit. NEXT MOVES runs from September 15 through October 22, with an artist’s reception at the gallery on Thursday, September 15th, from 6–8PM.

"In 2016, Sharon Butler began making digital drawings on a phone app called PicsArt. They were meant to be seen on a smartphone, and she posted one each morning on Instagram as a way of marking daily life. Over the course of four years, she made and posted more than 1200 of them. It was a “growing thinking” and a “time in an alley waiting it out.” Eventually, the impulse to paint – born of the irresoluteness that courses through all painters – took hold. In 2020, to facilitate the transformation of the tiny digital drawings into full-sized paintings, she began drawing geometric grids on canvases. The digital drawings encapsulated in small squares on the mobile screen, infinitely scalable and potentially endless, were transfigured into permanent building blocks.

In Butler’s work, the grid functions metaphorically as a pulsating chord; a portal through which she gets from point A to point B. As such, it encapsulates activity, gathering meaning and power over time. So deployed, the grid builds on Butler’s interest in wabi-sabi and the provisional approach that she has called, in The Brooklyn Rail and elsewhere, “casualism.” Like Piet Mondrian’s valedictory Broadway Boogie Woogie, her paintings apprehend the syncopation and movement of New York City, exploring seriality with conceptual rigor, opting for a serendipitous, ironic approach.

"The multi-panel paintings in the exhibition are monumental versions of smaller solo works. They embrace the history of painting and abstraction by way of idiosyncratic conjunctions and addenda. They resound with color, texture, and light, while also establishing compositional formality, tactile physicality, and emotional resonance. These liberal re-imaginings of images that were once originally pixelated retain an expressively vibrational quality. At the same time, an exuberant materiality anchors convergent edges, shapes, and patterns that afford the work visual stability.

"In artcritical, critic Laurie Fendrich described Butler’s paintings as “beautiful and grittily compelling.” Fendrich added that “the future of abstraction will be owned by those who accept a post-compositional approach to their paintings. Right now, Sharon Butler has the best of both worlds.” In NEXT MOVES, Sharon Butler proposes restlessness within the strictures of painting, courting risk and glory, and we are in her church.

"Sharon Butler’s solo exhibitions have been reviewed in numerous publications, including New York Magazine, Hyperallergic, artcritical, The New Criterion, The James Kalm Report, and Time Out New York. She has been awarded grants from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Eastern Connecticut State University. She has held residencies at Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Pocket Utopia, and Counterproof Press. She has served as a visiting professor, artist, and/or critic at Brown University, Cornell University, the Hoffberger School of Painting (MICA), Penn State, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts, the Parsons School of Design at the New School, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the founder of the art blogazine, Two Coats of Paint. She currently teaches in the MFA programs at the New York Academy of Art and the University of Connecticut.

"Sharon Butler lives and works in New York."

Jennifer Baahng
790 Madison Avenue at 67th Street, New York, NY
For inquiries, please contact the gallery at
Phone: +1 212 255 2177

Image: Sharon Butler, Brighter Then Grass, 2022, oil on linen, 78 x 60 inches.

“Guided by voices” at LABspace

“Guided by voices” at LABspace
August 13 -September 17, 2022

Yura Adams
Sharon Butler
Adrian Meraz
Lucy Mink

2642 Route 23, Hillsdale NY
Located in the Hudson Valley, east of Hudson, north of Millerton, west of Great Barrington

Image: Sharon Butler, paintings, installation view at LABspace

TANGO Summer Group at Jennifer Baahng

TANGO Summer Group at Jennifer Baahng
Summer Exhibition
July 13 - August 17, 2022
Romare Bearden
Sharon Butler
Chun Kwang Young
Michael McClard
Mario Merz
Jaye Moon
Janet Taylor Pickett
David Salle
Zhang Hongtu


MOD at Platform Project Space

MOD at Platform Project Space
April 22 to May 21, 2022 / Opening: April 22 (Same night that Dumbo Open Studios opens)

For the word “mod,” like all homonyms, everything is a situation. It’s a slippery term with many meanings that depend on context, which could be early twentieth-century philosophical and aesthetic iconoclasm, postwar architecture, 1960s Carnaby Street, or something else altogether. For Two Coats of Paint, a favorite definition comes from contemporary gaming: mods are created when a player takes the basic code or structure of a game and changes the plot. In one way or another, the five artists selected for this exhibition could all be considered “modders,” whether exploring ideas about Modernism, working modularly, hacking the outcome, or serving as moderators who steer conversations.

Artists include Sharon Butler, Peter Dudek, Steve Hicks, Sheila Pepe, and Adam Simon. Curated by Sharon Butler

Link to images of work in the show are available here.

Platform Project Space, 20 Jay Street  #319, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Doirector: Elizabeth Hazan

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Dumbo Open Studios, IRL in 2022

Dumbo Open Studios, IRL in 2022
"On April 23+24, 12–6pm artists in DUMBO will open their doors to the public as a part of DUMBO Open Studios, giving visitors a look into studios and workspaces across the Brooklyn waterfront. Known for its high density of artist studios, artist residency programs, and art galleries, DUMBO has been the epicenter of Brooklyn’s art community since the 1970’s."

I'll be showing the backdrop constructed of tarp and metalic paint for my collaboration with Julia Gleich in CounterPoint9 (see entry below), drawings made with tarp remnants, and some abstract paintings made in 2021.

Image above: Sharon Butler, Baselitz, 2021, oil on canvas, 52 x 45 inches.


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Collaboration with Choreographer Julia Gleich in CounterPointe9

Collaboration with Choreographer Julia Gleich in CounterPointe9
CounterPointe9: New work by women choreographers and their collaborations with artists

Featuring new collaborative works by:
Julia Gleich, Gleich Dances with Sharon Butler
Joan Liu with Traci Johnson
Kathryn Roszak with Anna Sidana
Charly Santagado with Barbara Weissberger
JoVonna Parks with Noël Hennelly
Tiffany Mangulabnan with Madge Reyes
Sarah Marazzi-Sassoon with Sophia Chizuco
Eryn Renee Young with  Elizabeth Riley

Mar 11-13, 2022
Fri, Mar 11 at 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Sat, Mar 12 at 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Sun, Mar 13 at 4pm SOLD OUT

The Mark O'Donnell Theater at the Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn

Read about the artists of CounterPointe9

Produced by Norte Maar and originated in partnership with Brooklyn Ballet. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Praxis Interview on Yale Radio with Brainard Carey

Praxis Interview on Yale Radio with Brainard Carey
I spoke with Brainard Carey on January 27 about my painting practice, the Good Morning drawings, studio life during the pandemic, making paintings for other artists, the future, disaster fiction, looking at artists' work on the phone, and more.

Link: Interview with Brainard Carey, January 27, 2022

About the podcast: Brainard Carey's Praxis Interviews "capture the lives of the most Excellent Artists, Architects, Curators, Critics, Theorists and more, like Vasari's book updated." He has recorded interviews with over 1,200 artists, curators, poets, writers, critics and others about studio practice, broadcast at Yale University radio WYBCX. The series is available on most podcast platforms.

Image: One of the "Trade Paintings" mentioned in the interview.
Sharon Butler, Trade Painting-November 19, 2019 (2020) oil on canvas, 12x12 inches. Private collection.

Interview the Interviewer w/ Sharon Butler, Painter & Art Writer

Interview the Interviewer w/ Sharon Butler, Painter & Art Writer
In January I spoke at length with artist Amy Talluto on her new Pep Talks For Artists podcast about painting, writing, understanding the future, politics, brushes, art history, and more. Thanks Amy!

Link: Interview on Pep Talks For Artists, published January 22, 2022

Image: A screen grab of drawings that are the basis for the "Twelve Days in July" painting series that I mentinoned at the beginning of our conversation.

"Eraser" opens Feb. 3 in Brimingham

"Eraser" opens Feb. 3 in Brimingham
Curated by Brian Edmonds, with Sharon Butler, Matt Kleberg, Jered Sprecher, Jason Stopa, Sean Sullivan, Vadis Turner, Cecilia Vissers, Don Voisine, and Thornton Willis.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 3, 5–7 pm
Curator and Artist Talk: Saturday, February 19, 2 pm at GFC or on Zoom (location TBA)
Ground Floor Contemporary is pleased to present Eraser by visiting curator Brian Edmonds. This group exhibition explores how contemporary artists currently utilize the fundamental elements of art – color, form, and line as their primary subject matter.
Eraser, a group exhibition curated by Brian Edmonds, brings together artists featured in Edmond's biannual arts monograph, Eraser, published by Curating Contemporary. On view will be paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Sharon Butler, Matt Kleberg, Jered Sprecher, Jason Stopa, Sean Sullivan, Vadis Turner, Cecilia Vissers, Don Voisine, and Thornton Willis. With a nod to Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawingthe exhibition focuses on smaller, more intimate work, and each artist was selected for their distinct vision as well as the materials and methods they employ. Viewed individually or in unison, the works beg the viewer to ask questions and explore the many possible narratives and conversations.

Brian Edmonds is an artist, writer, and curator based in Huntsville, Alabama. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, London, Paris, Marseilles, and Cyprus. In 2012, Edmonds founded Curating Contemporary, an online exhibition space, and since its inception, the site has hosted over fifty exhibitions. In 2019, he began publishing Eraser, a biannual book featuring the work of contemporary artists and writers.

Image: Sharon Butler, May 15, 2019-02, 2021, oil on canvas, 12x12 inches

"Love Devotion Surrender Dedication" at Rick Wester

"Love Devotion Surrender Dedication" at Rick Wester
A Group Exhibition Co-curated by Mary Shah and Rick Wester
July 15 – September 11, 2021
Rick Wester Fine Art is very pleased to present Love Devotion Surrender Dedication, a group exhibition inspired by, and dedicated to, the 1973 album Love Devotion Surrender by Carlos Santana and Mahavishnu John McLaughlin. That collaboration in itself was specifically an homage to A Love Supreme, John Coltrane's late, spiritually endowed tonal poem recorded in 1964. Universally recognized in the world of jazz, as Carlos Santana described him, "an Archangel of the highest order to bring healing to this planet," his life was tragically cut short as he passed away just five years prior to the Santana/McLaughlin recording. The exhibition's artists also aim for higher planes of consciousness and awareness, by allowing themselves to be guided by what their creative processes inform them to do. Meditative and reflective, their work offers a respite from the hard-edged reality the world has served up since the advent of the scourge in early 2020. The exhibition is co-curated by artist Mary Shah and Rick Wester.


Image: Sharon BUTLER
Triptych, Left to right: May 15, 2019-02, 2020, October 21, 2019-3, 2021 , July 2, 2018-02, 2020

"Pause" at Theodore Gallery, Tribeca

"Pause" at Theodore Gallery, Tribeca
Bill Albertini,
Stephen Bron,
Eric Brown,
Sharon Butler,
Peter Krashes,
Sylvia Plimack Mangold,
Michelle Vaughan,
Andrew Witkin

June 18 - July 31, 2021
Opening Friday June 18, 1-8 pm
Gallery hours Thursday- Saturday 12-6 pm

Image: Sharon Butler, October 21, 2019 (1), 2020, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches.

Sharon Butler organizes Marathon Art Conversation on Clubhouse for Dumbo Open Studios

Sharon Butler organizes Marathon Art Conversation on Clubhouse for Dumbo Open Studios
On May 13, to help kick off another online edition of Dumbo Open Studios, Sharon Butler and Two Coats of Paint have organized a marathon art conversation on Clubhouse featuring a lively crew of DUMBO regulars. Artists and arts organizations will join us throughout the day to talk about art, exhibitions, issues and ideas. The Two Coats of Paint Club will open rooms from 9:30am to 7pm (and at miscellaneous times throughout the ten-day event). Guest hosts include Matthew Deleget from Minus Space, Becky Sellinger from Smack Mellon, Beth Dary and Jeff Wallace from the Main Window Dumbo project, Elizabeth Hazan from Platform Project Space, Alexi Worth, Laura Karetzky, Teri Hackett, Samantha Taylor, Lauren Skelly Baily, will host, and many other artists will join them throughout the day. Read more.

Sharon Butler: Morning in America at Theodore:Art

Sharon Butler: Morning in America at Theodore:Art
"Sharon Butler: Morning in America"
January 15 - March 7, 2021
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY

Theodore:Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Sharon Butler.For the past few years, Butler has produced daily drawings on her phone. The Good Morning Drawings, digitalsketches uploaded to Instagram, reflect the peripatetic experience of a contemporary painter with a complexlife—teaching, traveling, parenting, working. The small geometric abstractions serve as foundational ideas on whichto build firm structures that investigate painting and its discontents more thoroughly in the context of a complex andchaotic world.

In March of this year, during the Covid lockdown in New York City, Butler had the chance to reflect on personal andsocio-political anxiety as refracted by the diaristic nature of the Good Morning Drawing series of the recent past.The time in the studio was quieter, oriented towards a kind of distillation of paramount issues and aspects of theartist’s life and world view -- a kind of slow breathing exercise of the mind. This show represents an exhale of relief.We are still here, Butler still finds the lifeblood of painting closely connected to the roller coaster of the experienceof daily life.

A painter and arts writer, Sharon Butler is widely known as the founder of Two Coats of Paint, a project whichincludes an influential art blog, an artist residency, and other initiatives. She has shown work at Theodore:Art (2016,2018) and SEASON (Seattle). Thanks to the generosity of the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program, Butlermaintains a studio in Brooklyn, under the Manhattan Bridge. She has received grants and residencies from CreativeCapital/The Warhol Foundation’s Art Writers Program, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation,Yaddo, ConnecticutCommission for the Arts, and Counterproof Press. She currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art and inthe MFA program at the University of Connecticut.

Her exhibitions at Theodore in 2016 and 2018 have receivedcritical attention from Time Out NY, Hyperallergic, Artcritical, and New York Magazine.

For information and images, please contact Stephanie Theodore at 212 966 4324 or ​​

"Sharon Buter: Morning in America"
January 15 to March 7, 2021
at Theodore:Art
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY

Laurie Fendrich, "Accidental on Purpose: Sharon Butler at Theodore:Art," artcritical,web, February 26, 2021.
James Panero, "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, March 2021.
Loren Monk, "Sharon Butler at Theodore:Art,"  James Kalm Rough Cuts, video review, January 26, 2021.

Image: Sharon Butler, "May 29, 2018," 2020, oil on canvas, 52x45 inches

Deep States at Theodore:Art

Deep States at Theodore:Art
featuring Berwald Borgsjo Sharon Butler Billy JacobsPeter Krashes Alix Lambert Lara NasserMichelle Vaughan Oliver Wasow H.C. Westermann
October 30 – January 10, 2020
Opening day viewing Friday, October 30, 1-6 pm
Gallery hours Friday-Sunday 1-6 pm and by appointment

“In a world that has REALLY been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood.”― Guy Debord

Theodore:Art is pleased to present Deep States​,​ an exhibition informed by and circling ideas of hidden powers,control, paranoia, and distrust of the powers that be.Although the term “Deep State” has been applied throughout the 20th and 21st Century to various regimes inmultiple countries, as a basis of comprehension we will start from the idea that if the Deep State is the unelected government, then by definition it is an undemocratic government.

The artists herein suggest projections of thatunelected power that affects our lives. Their responses are mysterious, documentary, hallucinatory, anxious,dreading, pissy, contemplative, and ultimately subjective. The impossibility of visually defining the identity andlimits of a mythical entity makes the act of attempting to do so both heroic and sisyphean. The Deep States eludethe grasp of the mind, the long arm of the law, and the influence of societal norms.

Image: Sharon Butler, Mueller Report (10.07.2016), 2020, oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches.